All natural treatment for diabetes: maggots

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Researchers from Hawaii are seriously recommending that maggots be used to jump start healing for difficult to treat diabetic wounds. In order to get these wounds to heal, doctors now have to remove infected or dead tissue with scalpels or enzymes. This process is called debridement. The failure rate is high.

“These problem patients with diabetes really need better treatments in order to salvage their limbs,” said Dr. Lawrence Eron from Kaiser Hospital and the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. “Maggot debridement treatment is overwhelmingly effective. After just one treatment these wounds start looking better.”

His research team treated 37 diabetic with maggots. All of the patients suffered from a particularly difficult wound to heal due to the poor circulation caused by their artery disease. Some of these wounds had been open and treated with standard medical care for as long as five years.

The maggots stayed in place on the wounds for two days and were replaced. They cycled five times.

Twenty-one patients had successful treatment defined as eradication of the infection, complete removal of dead tissue, and formation of healthy connective tissue with more than three-quarter closure of the wound.

“A lot of patients might be somewhat wary of having live insects placed into their wounds so we explain how it works and what possible problems might occur,” Eron said. Maggots liquefy and ingest dead tissue. Other substances the maggots leave behind create granulation tissue, a type of connective tissue that allows the wound to heal and close.

“After this, we go on to do further treatment with hydrogels, grafts of cell culture tissue, or negative pressure dressings, but to get to this point where these techniques will work, you really need to clean up the wound, get rid of dead tissue, and get robust granulation tissue into the wound,” explained Eron.

Source: Reuters


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